MIAC Cancels 2013 Trade Shows

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Citing a shortfall in exhibitor participation, MIAC has announced the cancellation of the 2013 editions of the MIAC and PAL shows, formerly scheduled for September 8-9, 2013, in a statement released August 1st. The association’s board of directors made the decision after “long and careful consideration.”

“After much study and strenuous efforts, there was simply no path at hand to be able to produce a show that would meet the expectations of the exhibitors and attendees, and it was better to cancel the show at this stage before companies spent additional funds on travel, show expenses, etc.,” reads a statement from the association.

In general, retailers have been surprised and disappointed by the news, with many noting the need for such an event and the business and networking opportunities it provides.

More details regarding the future direction of the association will be communicated as soon as it is determined. For more information, contact MIAC: info@miac.net.

We’ve Moved Locations

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Norris-Whitney Communications has moved to a new office. The new location and phone number are:

4056 Dorchester Rd., Unit 202

Niagara Falls, ON, L2E 6M9

Tel: 905-374-8878

NWC publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines as well as Music Directory Canada.  NWC also operates MusicBookPlus.com. All existing email addresses and website URLs will remain the same

In Memory: Robert Zildjian (1923-2013)

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Bob Zildjian (1923-2013)

Canadian Music Trade regrets to report that Robert Zildjian, the Founder and Chairman of Meductic, NB-based SABIAN Cymbals, passed away the morning of Thursday, March 28th, 2013 after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 89 years old and is survived by his wife, Willi, and children Sally, Bill, and Andy.

Bob was born in Boston, MA in 1923, and destined for the music industry from birth. The son of Avedis Zildjian, Founder of the American cymbal company bearing his name, young Robert was working in the family business at a very young age. Aside from a term of service in the US Army during World War II, which took him to Europe as an infantryman, and the post-secondary schooling upon his return, Bob spent many years working in his father’s business, occupying many posts within the company.

After his father’s passing in 1979, Bob took control of the Meductic, NB-based Azco plant, previously a subsidiary of Zildjian, and launched SABIAN. The moniker is a combination of the first two letters from each of his children’s names. In 1982, the first SABIAN cymbal came off the production line, and the subsequent years found Bob and his world-class team building the SABIAN brand around the globe.

Always a class act, Bob had an unbelievably sharp wit and always shared his signature smile.

A viewing will be held at Scott Funeral Home in Woodstock, NB on April 5th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the St. James United Church of Canada in Woodstock, NB on April 6th at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Salvation Army.

In the meantime, read about Bob’s life and sign the guestbook at: http://www.sabian.com/en/rz. You can also access a video interview with Bob from NAMM’s Oral History collection at: http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/robert-zildjian.

We at CMT extend our best wishes to Bob’s family, friends, and peers in the industry during this difficult time.

Eastwood Guitars Searching for “World’s Ugliest Guitar”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Eastwood Guitars is determined to find the “World’s Ugliest Guitar”. To help make this decision, Eastwood is crowd sourcing the opinions of guitar players from around the globe with an interactive voting system at facebook.com/EastwoodGuitars1.


MusiCounts Surpasses $1 Million in Grants for Music Education

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Serena Ryder with the students of Woodbine Jr. High School. Photo courtesy of Barry Roden.

MusiCounts has announced that for the first time ever it will surpass $1,000,000 in grants awarded through their music education programs.  The news of this year’s funding is a major milestone that Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has been striving to achieve.  The announcement was made by Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts during a celebration held at Woodbine Jr. High School in Toronto.


In Memoriam: Julio Cotellesso (1945-2012)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Julio Cotellesso (1945-2012)

On Dec. 28, 2012, Julio Cotellesso passed away in Montreal, suddenly, at the age of 67.

Julio was a leading force at Steve’s Music in Montreal for over 20 years and worked previously in the MI distribution business. He was the first music retailer to be named President of MIAC (Music Industries Association of Canada).

He will be sadly missed by his beloved spouse Renée Tougas, his daughters Julie (Francis) and Annie (Eric), his grandchildren Vincent, Olivier, Émilie, Rémi and Flavie, his sister Filomena, and many other relatives, friends and colleagues from the music industry.

The family will receive condolences at Magnus Poirier Funeral Complex 10300 Pie IX Blvd. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. and on Friday morning as of 9 a.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St.Leonard Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

We at CMT extend our sympathies to Julio’s family, friends, and peers in the industry.